The answer is time.
There it is. Time is the most valuable currency in the universe, and I don’t want to waste any of yours by beating around the bush (thank you, by the way, for taking your most valuable currency and spending it reading this).
And now on to the details of why time is more valuable than money.
You can make more money, but you can’t make more time.
I don’t know who said that first, but I’ve read it a number of times. It is absolutely true, regardless of how hard we think it is to make money, it is impossible to make more time.
We all only have so many seconds on this earth. Our days are numbered. In fact, each one of us is on an even playing field when it comes to time. 24 hours in a day. If we spend all of that time trying to hoard as much money as we can, our money will outlive us. Time always wins.
Then how do we invest in time? How is it that some people are able to live more fully in the same 24 hours that we all have? Recognizing that every second on this earth is sacred and will not be returned to us but in memory, we should all strive to pack more life into those valuable seconds.
Look to those who set an example of filling their seconds with life. These are people that value experiences over possessions, are generally more joyous and have fewer regrets, and they freely give their time away to those in need.
Jimmy Carter recently announced that he has cancer which has spread to his brain. During his entire press conference on the subject, he was smiling as he thought about his wife, his family, his charity work, and his pursuit of peace in the world.
He didn’t hold his head in his hands regretting what he should have done. This is not about his politics, or whether what he did while in office was right or wrong, but it is about the fact that he jumped into the arena that Theodore Roosevelt spoke of and fought passionately about what believed. He filled every second with life, not regretting what he “should” have done, nor regretting what may have failed.
Furthermore, personal success for many people such as this seems to be a natural byproduct of time value. We have the ability to define our own success. Thus, if you are passionate about how you spend your time, it is far more likely that you will become successful.
I fail at this every day. I often waste time, but it is a practice, one that I try to improve upon over (you guessed it) time.